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Old 05-05-2015, 07:35 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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To me, $16.50 an hour is a lot! The most I made before becoming self employed was $10.50 an hour in banking and survived just fine. Depends on your area and your lifestyle, if you are more frugal or less will determine if it's enough for you. My husband and I are very careful with money and save all we can, we also live in an area with a fairly low COL.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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A friend lives on $11 an hr, as a floral shop manager...you know taxes and all taken out...
BUT, she gets $1000 a month from an ex.until he passes...after 20 years of marriage
and raising 2 sons....just if someone puts her down.
She manages just fine.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:21 PM
 
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It should be. If you are without helpless children to support, elderly or disabled, you should be helping yourself. My tax dollars shouldn't help you if you aren't willing to help yourself.


I'm willing to help myself as soon as the drunk is out of my hair. You seem to deny the existence of toxic living environments.

Why should a person living alone in subsidized housing qualify for more assistance than a person with the same income living with roommates in unsubsidized housing?
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:29 PM
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That's more than 30 grand a year. I could, yeah.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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lol an introvert could DEFINITELY live on $16.50 an hour
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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lol an introvert could DEFINITELY live on $16.50 an hour
Exactly.

By reading some of the answers you can sort of tell who socializes a lot and who doesn't. You can also see who has more life experiences than others. Staying home saving money while never travelling or having hobbies that require money is NOT LIVING.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Exactly.

By reading some of the answers you can sort of tell who socializes a lot and who doesn't. You can also see who has more life experiences than others. Staying home saving money while never travelling or having hobbies that require money is NOT LIVING.
Well, anyone can manage if they can figure it out. When I was earning $16.00 an hour I traveled quite a bit. That included a trip to the UK and various parts of the US. I also when out to eat with friends on occasion and enjoyed my favorite entertainment which was the theater.

I guess it all depends on how you manage your money and what your circumstances may be. The OP asked "Can YOU live on $16.50 and hour?" My answer is yes because I did it and I never felt I had to live like a pauper or a hermit.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:01 PM
 
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Exactly.

By reading some of the answers you can sort of tell who socializes a lot and who doesn't. You can also see who has more life experiences than others. Staying home saving money while never travelling or having hobbies that require money is NOT LIVING.

Sure, but when you're a drunk, staying home saving money facilitates cheap drinking. This is crucial when you don't work and live off others.
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Old 05-06-2015, 02:49 AM
 
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Im planning on working with AirPort Security but they said I will be making 16.50$ an hour. Can you live on that?
Do you have a choice, Yeah you can live on that. I know that taxes are higher in Canada but you will have to fit it into your budget.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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It will depend upon where you live. The COL of a place is something you have to take into consideration. People sometimes think they have to live in a place like NYC or LA in order to have a good time or find a social life. Not true at all. There are many lower cost cities that have lots of amenities but also don't have the hype of Social Media or popularity of the places to which all the lemmings flock because they believe those are the only "in" places to live.
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